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#WaxTraxFriday - 28th September 2018

by Graham Needham (© 28th September 2018)

August 2018 Feature Poll Results:
Ministry = 130 votes
Laibach = 39 votes
Controlled Bleeding = 16 votes
Pankow = 14 votes
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Ministry - Filth Pig + Dark Side Of The Spoon

After the Psalm 69 album - see last week's article, Al fully relocated to Texas. During 1994 Ministry were supposed to be working on the next album but Al was still getting fucked up with drugs and alcohol and trying to find somewhere to settle down and live a little. Finally, in 1995 he bought a compound in Burnet County.

Everyone wanted a sequel to Psalm 69 but, as usual, Al wanted to move on, to create anew, not just duplicate the same sound. Relationships were in the pan, the record label/managers were harassing him and band members were hanging on for their next big pay day. The drugs increased and the depression deepened.

Slowly, the next album Filth Pig began to take shape - inward looking, filthier, dirtier, less samples, less electronic. The engineer quit and then Al's home was raided by the authorities who arrested Al. Al was behind bars for several weeks while the (substantial) bail money was sorted out. This ended up being the final straw for Al's marriage and he got divorced. After some touring and with much apathy, Al finished Filth Pig back at Chicago Trax!

There are some nice promotional items for Filth Pig and the 2014 orange vinyl LP reissue by Music On Vinyl is a very nice item to own.

The Sphinctour tour for the Filth Pig album was total and utter chaos with many lines of dodgy powder on the side! But things were going to go even lower. Through more drugs, alcohol, deaths and car crashes, 1998 saw the start of the next album which would become Dark Side Of The Spoon. Al hated the rest of the band that were left (whom he had nicknamed "The Book Club" some time ago because they were so goodie-goodie), Al's body was suffering from years of drug abuse, he had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and then he even had to have a big toe amputated!

Al can't remember much of what happened during the recording or touring of Dark Side Of The Spoon and doesn't care for the album - there's a reprinted interview with him about the album in his autobiography (see our earlier #WaxTraxFriday article) which amazingly, reads with some sort of sense, considering what was happening at the time. It's probably the best way to learn about the album.

Collectors, again, should look out for various promotional items and there's another nice Music On Vinyl vinyl LP reissue, this time from 2015.

From this point, after all of the past decadence, senselessness, drugs, alcohol, sex, debauchery and craziness, Al started to sort his life out, got off of drugs, got married again, dumped the Book Club and renewed his love of music again. He has recorded more albums (these ones he can actually remember) and still tours around the world. Check out our full Ministry discography.

Products For "Ministry - The Fall"

Cassette singleUnited Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
W0328C
January 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry The Fall United Kingdom CD single (5") W0328CD product image photo coverCD single (5") {thin jewel case}United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
W0328CD
January 1996view iconbuy icon
12" singleUnited States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 43630-0
January 1996view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") {eco-pack}United States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 43630-2
January 1996view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") {thick jewel case}Canada flag iconWarner Bros.
CD 43630
January 1996view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Brick Windows"

CD single (5") [Promo]Europe flag iconSire
PRCD 309
1996view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]United States flag iconSire
PRO-CD-8024-R
1996view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Lay Lady Lay"

Cassette singleUnited Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
W0338C
March 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry Lay Lady Lay United Kingdom CD single (5") W0338CDDJ product image photo coverCD single (5") [Promo] {Album Version}United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
W0338CDDJ
February 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry Lay Lady Lay United Kingdom CD single (5") W0338CDDJ2 product image photo coverCD single (5") [Promo] {Edit}United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
W0338CDDJ2
February 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry Lay Lady Lay European CD single (5") W0338CD product image photo coverCD single (5")Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
W0338CD
March 1996view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]United States flag iconWarner Bros.
PRO-CD-7476
February 1996view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Bad Blood"

CD single (5")Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
9362-44696-2
12 July 1999view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
PR 01409
July 1999view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]United States flag iconWarner Bros.
PRO-CD-9764
July 1999view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]Canada flag iconWarner Bros.
EVIL-699
July 1999view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Filth Pig"

Ministry Filth Pig United Kingdom Digital Album n/a product image photo coverDigital Album {FLAC}United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
no catalogue number
7 February 2010view iconbuy icon
CD single (5") [Promo]United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
SAM 1755
January 1996view iconbuy icon
CassettePoland flag iconWarner Music Poland
9362-45838-4
1996view iconbuy icon
LP (12")Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
9362-45838-1
26 January 1996view iconbuy icon
LP (12") [Limited Edition] {orange vinyl}Europe flag iconMusic On Vinyl
MOVLP 1202
15 September 2014view iconbuy icon
Ministry Filth Pig European CD 9362-45838-2 product image photo coverCDEurope flag iconWarner Bros.
9362-45838-2
26 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CassetteEurope flag iconWarner Bros.
9362-45838-4
26 January 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry Filth Pig European CD PROP 82/9362-45838-2 product image photo coverCD [Promo]Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
PROP 82/9362-45838-2
January 1996view iconbuy icon
LP (12")United States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 45838-1
30 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CD {BMG Direct Marketing}United States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 45838-2
1996view iconbuy icon
CDUnited States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 45838-2
30 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CDUnited States flag iconRhino
unknown catalogue number
3 February 2009view iconbuy icon
CassetteUnited States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 45838-4
30 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo]United States flag iconWarner Bros.
2-45838-A
January 1996view iconbuy icon
CDJapan flag iconWarner Bros.
WPCR-199
26 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CDJapan flag iconWarner Bros.
WPCR-10026
3 February 2009view iconbuy icon
CDCanada flag iconWarner Bros.
CDW 45838
30 January 1996view iconbuy icon
CassetteCanada flag iconWarner Bros.
24 45838
30 January 1996view iconbuy icon
Ministry Filth Pig  Digital Album n/a product image photo coverDigital Album {AAC/MP3}Warner Bros.
no catalogue number
unknownview iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - What About Us?"

CD single (5") [Promo]Europe flag iconWarner Bros.
PR 02627
2001view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Dark Side Of The Spoon"

Digital Album {FLAC}United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
no catalogue number
12 October 2010view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo]United Kingdom flag iconWarner Bros.
no catalogue number
May 1999view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo]Germany flag iconWarner Bros.
PROP 05041
May 1999view iconbuy icon
LP (12")Europe flag iconMusic On Vinyl
MOVLP 1409
18 May 2015view iconbuy icon
CDEurope flag iconWarner Bros.
9362-47311-2
7 June 1999view iconbuy icon
CDUnited States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 47311-2
8 June 1999view iconbuy icon
CassetteUnited States flag iconWarner Bros.
9 47311-4
8 June 1999view iconbuy icon
Cassette single [Promo]United States flag iconWarner Bros.
PRO-C-9809
May 1999view iconbuy icon
Selections From Dark Side Of The Spoon
CD single (5") [Promo]
United States flag iconWarner Bros.
PRO-CD-9791
May 1999view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo] {CDR reference}United States flag iconWarner Bros.
2-47311
18 February 1999view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo]United States flag iconWarner Bros.
no catalogue number
May 1999view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo] {vinyl sleeve}United States flag iconWarner Bros.
2-47311-AB
May 1999view iconbuy icon
CDJapan flag iconWarner Bros.
WPCR-10321
7 June 1999view iconbuy icon
CDAustralia flag iconWarner Bros.
9362473112
7 June 1999view iconbuy icon
CD [Promo]Australia flag iconWarner Bros.
MIN 1
May 1999view iconbuy icon
CDCanada flag iconWarner Bros.
CDW 47311
8 June 1999view iconbuy icon
Ministry Dark Side Of The Spoon  Digital Album n/a product image photo coverDigital Album {AAC/MP3}Warner Bros.
no catalogue number
unknownview iconbuy icon

BONUS

There have been and will be several Ministry release anniversaries this month/year, in addition to those already mentioned in our recent #WaxTraxFriday articles. So here they are in a nice easy list:

Relapse RemiXXX remix album = 4th anniversary was on 15th September.

Ministry Relapse RemiXXX front cover image picture

Ministry

• Relapse RemiXXX

From Beer To Eternity album = 5th anniversary was on 9th September.

Ministry From Beer To Eternity front cover image picture

Ministry

• From Beer To Eternity

Every Day Is Halloween - Greatest Tricks compilation album = 8th anniversary was on 10th September.

Ministry Every Day Is Halloween - Greatest Tricks front cover image picture

Ministry

• Every Day Is Halloween - Greatest Tricks

The Last Dubber remix album = 9th anniversary was on 15th September.

Ministry The Last Dubber front cover image picture

Ministry

• The Last Dubber

Cover Up album = 10th anniversary was on 31st March.

Ministry Cover Up front cover image picture

Ministry

• Cover Up

The Last Sucker album = 11th anniversary was on 18th September.

Ministry The Last Sucker front cover image picture

Ministry

• The Last Sucker

Rantology compilation album = 13th anniversary was yesterday on 27th September.

Ministry Rantology front cover image picture

Ministry

• Rantology

Tapes Of Wrath video compilation = 18th anniversary was on 12th September.

Ministry Tapes Of Wrath front cover image picture

Ministry

• Tapes Of Wrath

In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) album = 28th anniversary was on 4th September.

Ministry In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) front cover image picture

Ministry

• In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live)

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